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The School

Nowra is part of the Shoalhaven District on the South Coast of New South Wales. Nowra High School draws students from as far north as Gerringong and from as far south as Ulladulla. The purpose of the school is to ensure that students: exhibit high self esteem as learners and individuals; be self directed as learners and responsible members of the community; achieve academically through the development of thinking, appraisal and understanding skills; generalise learning and knowledge to a wide variety of contexts; demonstrate concern for the environment, self and others; establish and maintain positive interpersonal relationships; lead a healthy lifestyle; and demonstrate teamwork skills and attitudes.

The Project

On July 3rd, poet Gabrielle 'Journey' Jones led workshops with students from Nowra High School in collaboration with Bundanon Trust as part of Red Room Poetry's New Shoots project, celebrating, cultivating and collecting poems inspired by plants.
Bundanon Trust supports arts practice and engagement with the arts through its residency, education, exhibition and performance programs. With New Shoots, Bundanon is uncovering the secret stories of the leaves and trees around us. 

Read the student poems here

The Poet

Gabrielle Journey Jones

Gabrielle Journey Jones is a poet, percussionist and event producer born on sovereign Gadigal Land, Sydney, Australia. She is from Maori and African American bloodlines and now lives on the Far South Coast NSW Yuin Country. Gabrielle has shared her poetry at local, national and international events for over 20 years. Her first collection of poetry Spoken Medicine (2017) was published by Ginninderra Press.   

Gabrielle is inspired by creative communities which celebrate diversity, activism and inclusion. She encourages everyone to speak their own medicine by sharing their stories in whatever ways feel healing, authentic and most useful. In 2018, Gabrielle established Poetic Percussion, a small business delivering poetry and drumming workshops and performances in schools and the community. 

Gabrielle has worked collaboratively with the following creative groups and organisations over recent years: ACON, Aussie Writers Flash Fiction Fun Festival, Bega Valley Public School, Black Wallaby Indigenous Writers, Bonnie's Support Services, Bucket Lounge, Burning Seed, Caravan Slam, Children's Book Club Australia Illawarra-South Coast, Circus Monoxide, Circus WOW, Cygnet Folk Festival, Enough Said Poetry Slam, Ginninderra Press, Girls Rock! Canberra, Illawarra Folk Festival, Issa Vibe, Kangaroo Valley Show, Kind Art Ed, Liverpool Women’s Services, Liverpool Sexual Assault Service, Lou’s Place, Merrigong, Old Bega Hospital, Reclaim The Night, Red Room Poetry, Refugee Action Collective Illawarra, Shakespeare By Night, She’ll Be Right, SheQu, South Coast Writers Centre, Spark Youth Theatre, Spoken Vibes, StayFly Sydney, Sydney Fringe Festival, Tamar Valley Folk Festival, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, That Poetry Thing, Thirroul Community Library, Thirroul Public School, Tripple Treat, University of New South Wales, Unspoken Words Storytelling, Womoon Tide Feminist Writers, Women’s Resource Centre Bega, Word in Hand, Word Travels / Storyfest, Words Flow, Writers of the Far South Coast, Yoke Magazine.

To find out more, visit her website: www.poeticpercussion.com.au